May-Britt Stumbaum

May-Britt Stumbaum
Address: Free University of Berlin, Ihnestraße 26, 14195 Berlin, Germany
Telephone: +49 30 838 57088


Engaging China, Uniting Europe? Decision-Making in European Union Foreign Policy towards the People’s Republic of China

Now available as "The European Union and China. Decision-Making in EU Foreign and Security Policy Towards the PR China", Nomos, 2009 The European Union’s foreign policy is a rapidly evolving but still nascent and fragmented area with most policies deriving from ad hoc decisions. It encompasses the European Union’s external trade policy, development policy as well as the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CSFP) and is complemented by the Member States’ national foreign policies. Yet, as the European Union (EU) sets out to become a comprehensive global actor, the study wants to focus on the foreign policy made towards the People’s Republic of China - a declared ‘strategic partner’ of the European Union and an ever more important player on the world scene. European foreign policy (EFP) towards China exceeds the traditional application of European foreign and security policy so far: China is neither an enlargement aspirant, nor a neighbourhood policy target or a failing state to which the European Union would deploy troops as part of an international crisis mission. This study aims to analyse the actors and factors that influence and shape European foreign and security policy towards China. Perceiving decisions as the ‘building blocks for policy’, the study thereby focuses on the process of decision-making in European foreign and security policy-making. The study aims to address the question when the decision-making process results in a common position (decision) and when a common position could not be adopted (non-decision). Furthermore, the analysis aims to trace the process in order to find out which actors and factors exerted the greatest influence on decision-making in EU foreign policy towards China. The analytical model for this single case study is rooted in rational choice based multi-level approaches, taking into consideration the policy making process on both levels, the national and the European level. Two sub-cases will be selected from the four areas of interaction between the European Union and China – trade, security, development aid, cooperation in international organisations –in order to analyse the pushes and pulls that shape the EU foreign policy decision-making process and outcomes and hence the EU foreign and security policy towards the People’s Republic of China.










Download an extended version of May-Britt Stumbaums CV

Current Experience:

Head, NFG Research Group "Asian Perceptions of the EU", BMBF-Initiative "Europa von Außen", Free University of Berlin (since October 2010)


PhD in Political Science (2008), Free University of Berlin

MSc in European Studies(2000), London School of Economics and Political Science, UK (


3rd ACG-DRAEGER YOUNG LEADERS STUDY GROUP (June 2009 - July 2010): 40 fellows from EU countries and the United States, Berlin, Washington DC, Paris/Brussels

EUROPEAN FOREIGN AND SECURITY POLICIES GRANT (April 2006 – July 2008), Volkswagen Foundation/ Compagnia di SanPaolo/Riksbankens Jubileumsfonds, Research stays in Berlin, Stockholm, Brussels, Paris, Beijing

23RD MANFRED WÖRNER SEMINAR ON GERMAN-AMERICAN UNDERSTANDING (June 2005), Berlin, Bonn, Brussels: 30 selected German and US-American Young Leaders

43RD YOUNG KÖNIGSWINTER CONFERENCE, BERLIN (July 2003), 20 selected participants from Germany and the UK, organised by the German – British Society, presented opening lecture on ESDP

WIIS SUMMER SYMPOSIUM ON “THE CHANGING NATURE OF PEACE AND WAR” (June 2003), Washington DC: 30 participants chosen out of 280 applicants, 15 nations represented

6TH ASEF YOUNG LEADERS SYMPOSIUM, BERLIN (June 2002), Rapporteur – 80 participants selected from all ASEM+3 states, 4 per country

ROBERT-BOSCH- SCHOLARSHIP “POST-GRADUATE-PROGRAM IN INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS\\" (April 2001), 20 participants selected out of 240 applications (not commenced)

Additional Professional Experience and Activities:

STOCKHOLM INTERNATIONAL PEACE RESEARCH INSTITUTE (SIPRI)(December 2009 - August 2010): Senior Research Fellow and Executive Director, China and Global Security Programme; EU-China security relations, dual-use technology transfers

WEATHERHEAD CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS, HARVARD UNIVERSITY (August 2008 - November 2009): Fritz Thyssen Fellow, Fields of research: EU-China/US-China security relations, dual-use technology transfer

GERMAN COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS (April 2006 - July 2008): European Foreign and Security Policy Programme, Resident Fellow, Fields of research: EU’s and the Big Three’s policy towards China, Foreign and Security Policy of the EU, transatlantic relations; NATO enlargement

JANE’S SENTINEL SECURITY ASSESSMENT (December 2004 - November 2009): Correspondent for Germany, Correspondent for the comprehensive German dossier incl. Germany’s internal and external affairs, military files, main economic indicators,

GERMAN COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS (April 2002 – April 2006), Forum European Foreign and Security Policy, Resident Fellow, Head of the Forum. Fields of research: Foreign and Security Policy of the EU, transatlantic relations; NATO enlargement; EU’s and the Big Three’s policy towards China; Additional responsibilities: the Forum’s three conferences, International Summer School, New Faces Conference, Expert Conference, aiming on building a lasting pan-European network between tomorrow’s decision-makers from Eastern and Western Europe, respectively

WIIS.DE (since May 2003): President, German Chapter of the US based organisation “Women in International Security Studies”, currently with a membership of over 100 women from universities, think tanks, governmental institutions and business, /

ROBERT-BOSCH-FOUNDATION PROGRAMME FOR YOUNG LEADERS FROM CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE (April 2003 – May 2004), Seminar leader: Developing, organising and conducting seminars on the German system (3,5 weeks in Berlin, Hamburg, Kiel, Stuttgart) and the European Union’s system (2 weeks in Brussels) for 25 Young Leaders from the Administrations in Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia,

BERLIN PARTNER (July 2001 – April 2002), International PR-Manager, Head of Asian Department: Public-private-partnership for the promotion of the city of Berlin, commissioned by the Berlin Senate and funded by domestic and international business Project management in co-operation with the Berlin senate, Goethe Institutes, German embassies, private companies etc.; national and international networking for Berlin

WISSENSCHAFTSZENTRUM BERLIN (April – June 2001), Research Assistant to Dr. Shalini Randeria: Research, editing, translating in the research field of globalization, World Bank, NGOs, transnational firms and government in developed and developing countries

WISSENSCHAFTSKOLLEG ZU BERLIN (November 2000 – June 2001), Research Assistant to Dr. Shalini Randeria: Research, editing and translating in the field of globalization and the role of international institutions,

Visiting Fellowships:

KFG Research College "The Transformative Power of EUrope", Free Unversity of Berlin (September 2009 - September 2010)

EU INSTITUTE FOR SECURITY STUDIES (EU ISS), PARIS (September 2008 - December 2008): EU-China security relations, dual-use technology;


THE EUROPEAN POLICY INSTITUTE, BRUSSELS (March – July 2007), EU – China respectively Member States – Chinese relations,

INSTITUTE FOR EUROPEAN STUDIES, FREE UNIVERSITY OF BRUSSELS (April – July 2007), Visiting Fellow, Working on EU – China respectively Member States – Chinese relations,

EUROPEAN INSTITUTE FOR ASIAN STUDIES, BRUSSELS (February – March 2007): Visiting Fellow Working on EU – China respectively Member States – Chinese relations,

SILK ROAD STUDIES PROGRAMME, UPPSALA UNIVERSITY (May – July 2006): Visiting Fellow, Working on EU – China respectively Swedish – Chinese relations, Languages:

German (native speaker)

English (fluent)

French (proficient)

Mandarin (basic)

Other Information

Selected Conferences & Lectures:

FES / SIIS - FIFTH SHANGHAI WORKSHOP ON GLOBAL GOVERNANCE (January 2007), Paper presented on “The EU-China Strategic Partnership – Rhetoric vs. Realities”

ASEF/ CIIS - CONFERENCE “RE-THINKING EUROPEAN INTEGRATION AND EAST ASIAN COOPERATION”, BEIJING (November 2006) Paper presented on “Impact of functional security cooperation on European integration”

EUROPEAN CONSORTIUM ON POLITICAL RESEARCH 3RD PAN-EUROPEAN CONFERENCE, ISTANBUL (September 2005), Paper presented on “Engaging China – Uniting Europe? European Foreign and Security Policy towards China”

NATO STOPWATCH SESSION 3 “TACKLING TERRORISM” (April 2005), Video programme with Jamie Shea, Head of the NATO policy planning staff, debated as the external expert with Marshall S. Billingslea, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Defence Investment, and Lt.Col. Alan Livingstone, Intelligence Division, NATO International Military Staff, on NATO’s role in the fight against terrorism,

JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY / WIIS CONFERENCE, WASHINGTON D.C. (June 2004), “NATO on the Road to Istanbul”, presented on NATO – EU

ASEF CULTURES & CIVILISATIONS LECTURE TOUR BEIJING, HANOI, KUALA LUMPUR, BANGKOK AND SINGAPORE (April - May 2004), Lectures given on “European Integration in the field of Foreign and Security Policy – a Model for Asia?”,

ASEF/CIIS CONFERENCE, BEIJING (April 2004), \"New Security Challenges for Asia and Europe\" Paper presented on the “Current Status of Europe’s Security Mechanisms”